Brickfields (Kuala Lumpur)

Brickfields is a small to medium-sized town and residential neighborhood (as well as an administrative zone) located just outside central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is known as Kuala Lumpur’s Little India due to the high percentage of Indians living there. It is also known as the ‘Little India’ due to the variety and number of different Indian businesses based in Brickfields itself.

Brickfields is a small to medium-sized town and residential neighborhood (as well as an administrative zone) located just outside central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is known as Kuala Lumpur’s Little India due to the high percentage of Indians living there. It is also known as the ‘Little India’ due to the variety and number of different Indian businesses based in Brickfields itself.

Brickfields got its name from the words brick and fields. The area was initially developed by Yap Kwan Seng, the fifth and last Kapitan Cina of Kuala Lumpur. As a businessman, he foresaw an increased demand for bricks in fast-growing Kuala Lumpur and established a kiln in a district which came to be called Brickfields.

The area soon became the center for brick-making in the early days because the whole area was a clay pit and good quality bricks are made from clay. Therefore Brickfields became synonymous with good quality bricks.

Being the Little India of Kuala Lumpur, it has numerous shops that are owned by Indian businessmen. There are spice shops, grocery outlets, sweet and snacks shops, textile shops, goldsmiths, hotels, restaurants, food stalls, printers and even flower stalls.

written by syafeeq on 2008-08-21 #places #culture #religion #landscape #kuala-lumpur #location #architecture

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